Bellefontaine Cemetery Tour

We went to the beautiful Bellefontaine Cemetery for a park tour.  Not only is the cemetery rich in history (established in 1849), but it is a  well kept garden of trees and flowers!

  

Shortly after getting out of the car, there was a heavy downpour of rain 🌧!

  
Thankfully, we were prepared with umbrellas!

 My sit-upons came in handy as a rain cover and stroller cover…
  
This memorial quote made me cry!

  
When at heart you shall be sad,

Pondering the joys we had,

Listen; you may be allowed

To hear my laughter from a cloud.

                            – Raleigh

After about 20 minutes, the rain stopped and the sun came out! Yay!! β˜€οΈ

The first place our fabulous guide, Angela, took us was to see a MONSTER tree!

American Elm – a state champion tree

  

This tree was already growing before the cemetery was started so it’s over 160 years old!

There are a few precautions to keep the tree safe…

  
A lightening rod and a portal for 100 gallons of herbicide a year!!

  
 As we walked, Angela showed the kids baby sweet-gumballs forming. Eli was in awe as he compared the baby to the adult!
  

We can now identify Sour Flower aka wood sorrel and yes it’s edible and no it’s not very sour – it’s quite delish (both the yellow flower and the green heart shaped leaves). πŸ˜‹

  
 
I have seen the thick-trunks and the sweet flowers of invasive honeysuckle, but I now know what the young plants look like…

  
…and I have this all over my yard 😟 at least I know to pull it up before it gets huge!

We also learned to identify the tulip tree. The leaves resemble the flower tulip (hence the name) and the bark has huge fissures!

  
Once upon a time… This hillside view was of the river instead of a major roadway and warehouses!

  
The kids were given a handout of a famous explorer… William Clark (one of the famous duos – Lewis and Clark). Simone read it to us as I drove to his resting place.

  

Angela read a book to the kids about Clark…

  

We also learned about green burials, where you are buried in a Eco-Friendly casket and buried under wildflowers that aren’t mowed.

  

Probably the most elaborate memorial is the Busch family’s (think Anheuser- Busch). 

The  picture I snapped from the car doesn’t do it justice… It even had stain glass windows!! It looks like a mini cathedral!

  

I’m going to have to do some homework and find out who else is buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery. I’ll follow Angela’s example and read picture books near their graves to honor  them as we learn about our great ancestors!

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10 Comments

  1. I’ve discovered they’re a good place to look for and at birds too!

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  2. Murtagh's Meadow

    Sounds like a good trip, but why are they pouring chemicals into the tree????

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    • Dutch elm disease would kill the tree within just a few years. I suppose we could think of it as a yearly vaccination!

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    • Anonymous

      We (Bellefontaine) have moved to an all natural treatment for the Elm, from a man-made. We will not take any chances of loosing our Elm to Dutch Elm disease, which took 80% of Americas Elm trees in 1930-1950s.

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  3. What a great trip. I love the idea of the green burials. Do they have a monument or plaque with the names of those who are buried there?

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